On passage

Michael Hughes and Ger White
Sat 17 May 2014 04:11
We set off from the island of Sipora in the Mentawai Islands yesterday, after a final night of relaxation anchored off a lovely beach, near a resort where we had lunch.
Although the small leak from the watermaker is troubling, I’m hopeful it will continue to produce---otherwise I reckon we’re as ready as we’ll ever be! We were fortunate the folk at the Cubadak resort were so helpful, allowing
us to fill out tanks from their good water supply.
So we set off at 10 a.m. out through the pass between the islands and into the Ocean. We had a few hours slow sailing, but much resort—as expected—to the engine, and now—1100 Saturday—we are motoring with no wind at all.
I’m hopeful of getting a sailing wind—albeit light—tomorrow, according to the grib files.
Little to report really. all is well on board. It’s a hot sunny day, the seas are pretty calm, although there is the long slow swell of the Ocean. And aside from a few fishing boats yesterday as we left the coast,
we haven’t seen another boat. We’re all on our own!
Today, we’ll continue to motor south—with a bit of west—to find the wind. It looks like being a slower passage than we are used to---but calmer and more relaxing with it!